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Moritz von Baumbach
(1834-1883)

Moritz von Baumbach was born in Hesse Cassel, Prussia, on the 13th of January, 1834. His early education was received from private tutors; and, afterwards, he entered successively the gymnasiums at Rinteln and Hersfeld. Coming to this country with his parents in 1849, he worked on his father's farm in Ohio, then became a clerk in a mercantile establishment in Cleveland, afterwards in Elyria, Ohio, and later in New York City. In the spring of 1856 he took up his residence in Milwaukee, and in 1859, when but twenty-five years of age, he was elected city treasurer, which office he held for one term. In 1861 he opened a banking and foreign exchange office, which he conducted very successfully until 1870, when he transferred the business to the German Exchange bank, and was elected its first president. In 1863 he married Anna Le Saulnier, and they had five children--three sons, William, Herman and Charles; and two daughters, Isabella and Hilda. His health becoming impaired, he resigned the presidency of the bank in 1875, and confined his labors to his private affairs and to the duties of his consular office. It may be at this time that he took up the hobby of mineral collecting, as a diversion during his recuperation. Having fully recovered his health, he, in 1880, went into the First National bank as manager of the foreign exchange department. This position he held for three years, when he resigned it and took the same department in the Merchants' Exchange bank. Upon the consolidation of this bank with the First National, he continued in the same capacity under the new organization. Mr. von Baumbach has held numerous consular offices--was appointed consul for Austria-Hungary, in 1866, and for several German states; and when the German empire was established he was appointed its vice-consul in Milwaukee. He died February 1, 1906 in Milwaukee; his mineral collection may have gone to the Milwaukee Museum.

References:
AIKEN, A. J. (1897) Men of Progress, Wisconsin. Milwaukee, WI: Evening Wisconsin Co.
Wisconsin Death Index.
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